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Updated: 05/25/2014 08:00:00AM

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Construction on new homes in the River Club community is evidence of an uptick in building in the area. Home construction is a key element to an economic recovery said participants in a Sun roundtable.

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Commercial construction is ongoing on U.S. 41 in Charlotte Harbor. Bringing more business to the area is a challenge that must be met with a cooperative effort according to Sun roundtable participants.

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River Club Community. Single Family Homes located in Punta Gorda

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Single family homes, Bal Harbor Blvd area in Punta Gorda

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Single family home, Bal Harbor Blvd area in Punta Gorda




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Residential villas, Lake Suzy, Desoto County.


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Residential villas, Lake Suzy, Desoto County.


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Tom Patton, director Charlotte County Economic Development Authority

"We're seeing a tremendous increase of activity."

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Bruce Laishley, chief executive officer of Florida Premier Contractors

"You've got to spend money to get people's attention."

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Ed Wotitzky, an attorney with Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross and McKinley

"We have things going for us (Southwest Florida) that will bring people down."

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Peter Bartolotta, chairman of the board at the North Port Economic Development Corp.

"North Port is dependent on Port Charlotte and Englewood. What happens in any of those areas affects us all."

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Don Ross, environmental consultant and chairman of Earth Balance

"The best thing for Charlotte County's economic development, one of the good things, was to give Edison (State College) land.

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Mandy Hines, county coordinator for Desoto County Economic Development Authority

"When great things happen in Charlotte County, just down the road, or in North Port, or in Sarasota, that is still good for Desoto."

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Tom Heatherman, corporate communications director for Michael Saunders & Company

"If the people come, businesses will be hot on their trail."

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Al Lane, North Port economic development manager

"In this country and everywhere else, we'll continue to see but steady improvement in the economy overall."

By PAUL FALLON

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North Port Economic Development Manager Al Lane said he has never had a developer ask him where the city limits are.

Lane made the statement during a Sun roundtable last week to emphasize the need for local governments to work together to attract new business.

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